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  1. Activity Directors have traditionally planned and understood the importance of continuing their resident’s religion within the facility. Often multiple religious activities are planned weekly in order to meet the needs of those they serve. Things they are changing, though. According to a study conducted by the PEW Research Center from 2012 to 2017, approximately 27% of U.S. adults identify as ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’, with 75% identifying as both. This may seem like a vague identification and it certainly leaves the Activity Director in uncharted waters when it comes to planning activities for it. First, we must understand what ‘Spiritual but Not Religious ’ means. It is defined as a life stance that does not believe that organized religion is the best or only path to personal spiritual development. In other words, spiritual people prefer a more customized approach, which can add another layer of complication while trying to plan for multiple people. The spiritual quest is ever evolving and the direction it goes in comes from the resident’s internal ques within. One week they may wish to work on past regrets, while the next week finds them guided towards meditation or mindfulness. Spirituality is not a one size fits all in the same way uniform religion is. For this reason, the Activity Director will need to stay in close communication with their residents and take their inspiration from their needs. In order to make your job a bit easier we have provided a list of suggested spiritual activities that may help guide you and your resident as you take on this noble quest. Spiritual Activity Starters Meditation and Yoga- There are numerous guided meditations available for purchase or free on YouTube. Jason Stephenson is a good place to start. Research a guided yoga program that suits your residents. There is such a thing as chair yoga, which might be ideal. Mindfulness- Practicing being in the present moment during daily activities. Create activities that keep the resident tuned into what they are doing. This would include activities that require concentration such as painting, crafting, puzzles, playing an instrument, or learning to do familiar things in a new way (i.e. writing an entire letter using their non-dominant hand). Slant these activities towards the spiritual side of things and make it known that the overall goal is to remain mindful and alert. Shadow Work- According to Lonerwolf (a respected site that specializes in soul work), "shadow work is the attempt to uncover everything that we have disowned and rejected within our Shadow Selves". These are all of the things we dislike about ourselves or were taught to dislike, perhaps even impulses that would be considered vile if carried out. This is deep work and Lonerwolf recommends that you attempt shadow work only after establishing a strong degree of self-love. Spirituality Book Club- Spiritualists love a good “self-help” book. There are so many fascinating books on the topic and many can be found directly through the publisher or on Amazon. Some of my favorite spiritual publishers and authors are Hay House, Sounds True, Eckhart Tolle, Michael Singer, Brene Brown and Wayne Dyer. A book by any of these authors is sure to generate much reflection and communication for the book club. Conscious Dancing- This basically involves free style dancing. Turn on some tunes and encourage your residents to move freely to the music. They may feel embarrassed to do this, as most of our lives are dictated by socially acceptable behavior, however you can make the difference in their comfort level by displaying your own. This could also be undertaken in smaller groups until participants feel more free and confident. Another option is to begin by having the resident remain seated, close their eyes and move their arms freely. Overtime you will have a room full of free birds! Chanting- Chanting is another one of those activities that can feel silly to do at first and this makes it a bit off putting to many. However, it is believed that as you are chanting something is slowly transforming within you. I would recommend beginning by having residents listen to a chanting video or audio on YouTube to warm to the idea of chanting themselves. Set the tone by dimming the lights and having residents close their eyes and focusing on the chant. Chants are generally in another language so make sure you select the right one for your residents and inform them of the translation. In Closing... These are just a few of the possible spiritual activities you could plan for. The most important thing is that you allow for flexibility and modifications to suit your residents. The ‘Spiritual but Not Religion ’ mindset is one of fluidity and honoring oneself. The very fact that you are attempting to modernize your program to encompass all belief systems is admirable and so beneficial. You can be certain that as spirituality gains broader acceptance and becomes more mainstream you will be called upon to adapt your calendar. Some of these practices will benefit many of your residents, spiritual or not, therefor beginning to incorporate these ideas now will surely serve you and your department now and in the very near future. Namaste (I bow to you). Resources: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/09/06/more-americans-now-say-theyre-spiritual-but-not-religious/ https://lonerwolf.com/shadow-work-demons/ https://www.spiritualawakeningprocess.com/2014/11/10-fun-spiritual-things-to-do.html Enroll Now NCCAP MEPAP 1&2 Starts Aug 6th - 16week Online Class required for NCCAP Certification. Instructor: Kathleen Hughes, ADC,EDU http://www.activitydirector.org At-Your-Own-Pace format available to Start Anytime - Take upto 1yr. Activity Directors Network was founded in 1996 on the idea that we could help create elderly care that dramatically improved the lives of those we all serve. Activity Directors are the key to creating environments that we ourselves would be excited to live in. We envision facilities that feel like homes, not institutions. Facilities that celebrate our resident’s individuality and allows them to live with dignity, purpose and joy. We believe providing the best education available, with the most talented teachers we can find, is the way to make an impact. Each and every single one of you are the revolution that is changing everything. Thanks for being a part of The Network. Copyright © 2019 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2010 US HWY 190 W Ste 120 Livingston, Texas 77351
  2. Hi fellow AP/BC's .. I found these CEUs on NAAPCC.net If you live in Washington, Ohio or Wisconsin here are some face to face CEUs for your Board Certification. They are also offering Live Webinars on NAAP.info each month. Need continuing Education? The following educational opportunities are pre-approved by the Credentialing Center. We are happy to list any pre-approved education. Learn how to gain pre-approval for your event on our Pre-Approval tab. September 19th-21st Wisconsin Representatives of Activity Professionals Annual Conference Marshfield WI 13.5 Credit Hours www.wrap-wi.org September 26th-28th Washington State Association of Activity Professionals Annual Conference Bellingham WA 17 Credit Hours www.wsaaptoday.org October 24th-26th RAP Ohio Annual Confernce Columbus Ohio 22 Credit Hours www.rapohio.org GOOD NEWS! We realize that some may have difficulty getting to live workshops, seminars, and other face to face education, thus the reason for the change. We heard you and we listened. The requirement will still be: one half of all continuing education hours required be face to face for Activity Director Certification. However, we will accept live webinars as a face to face session IF it is pre-approved by the Credentialing Center. As a partner of NAAP we pre-approve their monthly Lunch and Learn webinars. These sessions are free to NAAP members, so if you are not a member, join soon at naap.info. The instructions on how to take part in the Lunch and Learn sessions are on the website as well. Face to face status will be accepted on any webinar that you attend live that has been pre-approved by the NAAP Credentialing Center. Please don’t hesitate to contact the office with any questions.
  3. Flower Power Enhancing Lives with Horticulture 5 Credit Hours Pre-Approved NCCAP This course will provide the Activity Director (AD) with the reasons that gardening is so beneficial and therapeutic to the aging population. Tending to plants, being outdoors, gardening, and reminiscing about gardening experiences give new meaning to the lives of those who have lost their independence and purpose in life. Many gardening ideas, group activities, event ideas, establishing a garden calendar, and actual projects are included in this course. Workshop Objectives: Upon completion the student will understand how horticulture benefits the elderly cognitively, psychologically, socially, and physically. The student will understand the importance of implementing programming that creates social connections between residents and their families through gardening. Upon completion the student will have a tool chest of new ideas for starting her own garden in her facility with the help of community organizations. The student will have a variety of gardening projects that may be incorporated directly into her activity programming. Workshop Content: History of Horticultural Therapy Benefits of Gardening Activities for the Residents--Active and Passive Starting a Garden at your Facility Safety Issues Events ProjectsOutdoor Statistics ActivityDirector.org 5 CE Hours Pre-Approval#NCCAP50096-18
  4. Its that time of year again.. The NAPW Celebration at the NCCAP.org FREE! NCCAP Continuing Education hours for participation in the NCCAP CHATS For National Activity Professional’s Week! These one hour chats begin at 8pm est unless otherwise noted. Each night is a new Moderator and a new topic. Glance over the impressive list of Activity professionals and thier topics of discussion. Plan to attend them all. Go to http://nccap.org/chat and Register your Chat name and Password . Be sure and download the Continuing Education Form from NCCAP.org to claim your CE Certificate of Completion . Submit the form, without the fee, to the NCCAP., even If you don’t need the credit, you are still welcome to join in the conversation! JANUARY- National Activity Professional’s Week-FREE CHATS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1/17- Sunday-Cindy Bradshaw: Certification 1/18- Monday-Sherry Barzak: Advocacy at a Different Level 1/19- Tuesday- Bryan Rife: Perusing the NCCAP Power Point 1/20- Wednesday- Dawn Appler: Part 1 Advocacy Relating to Activities 1/21- Thursday- Dawn Appler: Part 2 Advocacy Relating to Activities 1/22- Friday-Jane Anderson: Links and NCCAP 1/23- Saturday-Sherry Barzak: Attendance at the State and Local Levels 1/24 – Sunday-Kathy Hughes: TBA
  5. View it on the web Click HERE . Toward the Light: Part I The Dying Process and Helping the family ActivityDirector.org =ABOUT THIS COURSE= Death. It’s intense, scary and sad. There is no denying these things. However, that is only half the picture. There is another more joyful and celebratory way to handle what is, ultimately all of our fate. It can be very overwhelming and uncomfortable when one of your residents reaches the end of their lives. Knowing what to say issues as the Activity Director is having a level of understanding about what actually is occurring. In this workshop, we will cover the dying process from a spiritual standpoint. We will also go over different rituals of death by faith so that you may be more sensitive to each individual’s needs. Finally we will cover ways in which you can help the family and friends of your resident to cope, which in turn can help to provide more peace for the dying. -Objective of this course:- Help you bring different energy forth so that you can help infuse he situation with an element of acceptance. 6 continuing education credit hours Eligible for Activity Director Certification or Home Care Certification Pre-Approval#NCCAP31775-16 Sheryl Bacon-Jones Visit http://www.activitydirector.org for more details CLICK HERE ============================================================ MEPAP Classes Start Oct. 6th ** ActivityDirector.org (http://activitydirector.org) The MEPAP Activity Director training classes start the first Tuesday of every month. Meets the State requirement for Activity Director Training Instructor: Kathy Hughes NCCAP Approval ** # NCCAP30420-16-M2-NT (http://www.activitydirector.org)
  6. New CE Workshop is available at ActivityDirector.org online classroom, Creativity! Activities that Inspire Pre-Approved by NCCAP for 5 Credit Hours Activities inherently taps into the “potential and creativity” of the participants. This Online study program will encourage you as the activity professional to explore various ways to awaken the potential and creativity in your residents. This will assist you in developing programs that can be used to unlock the creativity in your residents.
  7. shhhhhhhhhhhhh! 12 ceu's in paradise..... When : October 18-20, 2013 Where : Key Largo, FL Main Hotel : Bay Cove Motel Overflow Hotel : The Pelican (Picture above is the Bay Cove property where most sessions will be held- the beach is the "conference room"!!) $250 Registration Fee Includes: (early bird registration, space WILL be limited!) * CEU's *Registration * Half Day on Party Fishing Boat * Use of FL Keys Art Studio and take home project * Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday (Continental) * Networking Pizza Party Saturday night Visit http://www.trinmotion.org/ for details
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